Internet safety

Staying Safe Online

ICT makes learning fun and makes communicating with friends and family easily, but it does have a downside.  You need to understand the dangers and stay SMART!

SAFE Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t trust online.
MEETING Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.
ACCEPTING Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
RELIABLE Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be reliable.
TELL Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Here are some excellent websites with lots of information and games to help you stay safe:

ThinkUKnow

Cyber(Smart:)

childnet

CEOP  (Child exploitation and online protection centre)